1But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.2And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.3And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.4And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.5And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.6Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.7And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.8And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.9Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.10And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.11Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.12And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.13And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.14And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.15And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.16And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.17And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.18And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?19But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
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Samson Defeats the Philistines
1After some days, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife with a young goat. And he said, “I will go in to my wife in the chamber.” But her father would not allow him to go in. (Ge 38:17)2And her father said, “I really thought that you utterly hated her, so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please take her instead.” (Jud 14:20; Jud 15:6)3And Samson said to them, “This time I shall be innocent in regard to the Philistines, when I do them harm.”4So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails.5And when he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines and set fire to the stacked grain and the standing grain, as well as the olive orchards.6Then the Philistines said, “Who has done this?” And they said, “Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife and given her to his companion.” And the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire. (Jud 14:15; Jud 15:2)7And Samson said to them, “If this is what you do, I swear I will be avenged on you, and after that I will quit.”8And he struck them hip and thigh with a great blow, and he went down and stayed in the cleft of the rock of Etam. (Jud 15:11; Isa 2:21; Isa 57:5)9Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah and made a raid on Lehi. (Jud 15:14; Jud 15:17; Jud 15:19; 2Sa 5:18; 2Sa 5:22)10And the men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” They said, “We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us.”11Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so have I done to them.” (Jud 13:1; Jud 14:4)12And they said to him, “We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines.” And Samson said to them, “Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves.”13They said to him, “No; we will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from the rock. (Jud 16:11)14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. (Jud 3:10; Jud 14:6; Jud 14:19; 1Sa 11:6)15And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men. (Le 26:8; Jos 23:10; Jud 3:31)16And Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey have I struck down a thousand men.”17As soon as he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone out of his hand. And that place was called Ramath-lehi. (Jud 15:9; Jud 15:14)18And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” (Ps 3:7)19And God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore the name of it was called En-hakkore; it is at Lehi to this day. (Ge 45:27; Jud 15:17)20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. (Jud 13:1)